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Thronal Feast of Ecumenical Patriarchate Concludes

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ISTANBUL – His Holiness Pope Francis departed the Phanar after attending the celebrations for the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Thronal Feast on the occasion of the Feast of St. Andrew, first-called of the Apostles and brother of St. Peter, the founder of the Church of Rome. The Joint Declaration signed by both Primates affirmed their personal commitment towards Christian unity as well as solidarity with the poor and vulnerable throughout the world. Read more...

Statement By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, Chaldeans, and Assyrians) and other religious minorities (including Turkmens, Yazidis, and Kurds) can never be justified in the name of any religious creed or conviction.What we are witnessing before our eyes in Iraq Read more...

Catechetical Homily Of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew For Great Lent 2014

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, Our Orthodox Church recommends that, during this period of Great Lent, we focus our attention toward sincere repentance, “the melting pot of sin,” according to St. John Chrysostom. Repentance is the first topic of our Lord Jesus Christ’s preaching and the very essence of the Christian teaching. It is the Church’s daily invitation to us all. Despite this, many of us have not truly experienced repentance. We sometimes feel that it does not concern us personally because we have not “come to ourselves” in order to comprehend and contemplate how we may have committed any sin. However, as we are taught by the wise teacher of the spiritual life, Abba Isaac the Syrian, and as most of the Church Fathers proclaim through experience, repentance is necessary even for the perfect. Read more...

Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Tragic Situation in Ukraine

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPE --His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, released the following message today to the Ukrainian Nation and the members of the Ukrainian community abroad in response to the escalating crisis in the Ukraine. Beloved children and friends in Ukraine and abroad,It is with heavy heart that we have been following the ongoing and, indeed, only escalating tragic circumstances in Ukraine over the last weeks. We feel that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine are our own flesh and blood. We endure the same sufferings that you suffer and we work with you for your joy, as St. Paul says. In our high responsibility as Ecumenical Patriarch, we are obliged to call for peace from the authorities in a democratic and independent nation, where its elected leaders – both in government and opposition – have the ultimate responsibility to protect the dignity of human life among its citizens. Read more...

His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Exceptional Academic Honor

Thursday, December 19, 2013

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE -- On December 19, 2013, His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul's Bogaziçi University (formerly Robert College) for his extraordinary vision and initiatives for the protection of the natural environment. The award comes on the occasion of Bogaziçi University's 150th anniversary. Not only is this Turkish institution of higher learning the first ever to be ranked (as it has since 2012) among the top 200 universities in the world, but it is the first to bestow such an honor on His All-Holiness, and the first also publicly to acknowledge his status and position as Ecumenical Patriarch, a title which has been used since the 6th century A.D. Read more...

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Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46

Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople; Reginos, Bishop of Skopelos; Holy Martyr Alexander of Thrace; Markellos, Bishop of Apamea

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